Mark McDonnell appointed Journal of Urban Ecology Editor-in-Chief

09 April 2015

Honorary Associate Professor Mark McDonnell has been appointed the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the new Journal of Urban Ecology, published by Oxford University Press.

Honorary Associate Professor McDonnell, Director of the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, located in the School of BioSciences, will head the new Open Access journal, a forum for in-depth discussion on the fast-developing field of urban ecology.

The Journal of Urban Ecology will focus on all aspects of urban environments including the biology of the organisms that inhabit urban areas, the diversity of ecosystem services, and human social issues encountered within urban landscapes.

“The discipline of urban ecology is growing exponentially world-wide due to the increased recognition of the impact cities and towns are having on our social-ecological systems,” said Honorary Associate Professor McDonnell. “The Journal will provide new opportunities for researchers and practitioners in a diversity of fields to share their ideas, debate critical issues and publish basic and applied research on the ecology of urban ecosystems.”

Honorary Associate Professor Mark McDonnell is also an Adjunct Professor with the Global Institute for Urban and Regional Sustainability (GIURS) at East China Normal University in Shanghai, China.
His research interests range widely, and include the processes driving vegetation and ecosystem change, landscape ecology, the structure and function of urban ecosystems, and the conservation and management of urban biodiversity.

He has been a leader in the field of urban ecology for over 25 years and has conducted pioneering research on the study of urban-rural gradients and the comparative ecology of urban centres. This research is essential to the creation of biodiversity-rich, green, healthy and resilient cities and towns around the globe.

For additional information about the development of the new Journal go to the Oxford University Press website.

Originally published in MUSSE.